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Matthew Herod

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories Regulatory Program Division

Matthew Herod,
Senior Project Officer

Matthew started at the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) in 2015. As a senior project officer, he is the licensing lead for the Nuclear Power Demonstration In Situ Decommissioning project, and also serves as back-up on several other important projects, such as the proposed near surface disposal facility (NSDF). He performs and reviews technical assessments, conducts outreach with a wide variety of stakeholders, and engages with the international regulatory community.

Matthew ensures that licence applications for radioactive waste disposal are evaluated rigorously and are grounded in the best and most complete scientific information. His work ensures that long-term safety is appropriately evaluated following both Canadian and international requirements, guidance and best practices.

Expertise and education

Matthew holds a PhD in earth science from the University of Ottawa and a BScH in geology from Queen’s University. He is an adjunct professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Ottawa and is affiliated with the university’s André E. Lalonde Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Lab, where he supervises 3 graduate students. He is also a CNSC inspector and a registered professional geoscientist.

Current research and projects

Project: Canadian Nuclear Laboratories’ proposed near surface disposal facility (NSDF). With respect to the CNSC’s review of this proposed facility, Matthew holds a dual role as both a licensing and a technical expert. He leads outreach and contributes to the technical assessment of the licensee’s submission with respect to waste acceptance criteria, waste characterization, geology aspects, and long-term safety.

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